Cheat River Review Submission Guidelines


Cheat River Review reads original, previously unpublished nonfiction, fiction, flash, and poetry.

All Submissions Should Include:

  • 1-inch margins.
  • The page number, author's last name, and/or the submission's title as a header on the top right of every page.
  • Should be a .doc or .docx

Please include include a cover letter with a short third person bio.

For Flash Fiction / Nonfiction / :

  • The piece's word count at the top right of the first page. 
  • A centered title:
  • Double spaced text.
  • Please conform to Standard Manuscript Formatting.


For Poetry Only:

  • All poems and titles should be aligned to the left unless there is an intentional choice on the part of the author. 
  • Each poem should be on a new page.

Below you will find the new submission windows:


Fall issue: August 2 - October 1

Spring issue: December 1 - Feb 28


*We currently accept FLASH FICTION, but not longer works of fiction.


We look forward to reading your work.

 We accept original and previously unpublished poetry. Please submit 3 to 5 poems in a single document. Simultaneous submissions are accepted if acknowledged in the cover letter. Please wait until your poems have been considered before submitting again.   

 We accept manuscripts of no more than 4,500 words. Simultaneous submissions are accepted if acknowledged in the cover letter. Please wait until one piece per genre has been considered before submitting another.   

 We accept manuscripts of up to three flash pieces (<1000 words). Please include all flash submissions in one file. Simultaneous submissions are accepted if acknowledged in the cover letter. Please wait until your flash manuscript has been considered before submitting another. 

 We accept manuscripts of no more than 4,500 words. Simultaneous submissions are accepted if acknowledged in the cover letter. Please wait until one piece per genre has been considered before submitting another.  

 We accept manuscripts of up to three flash pieces (<1000 words). Please include all flash submissions in one file. Simultaneous submissions are accepted if acknowledged in the cover letter. Please wait until your flash manuscript has been considered before submitting another.  

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